"The National CACFP Forum is deeply disappointed that Congress did not pass a critical Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill during the 114th session. Congress was unable to come together to send a strong message that they are serious about combating hunger and childhood obsity. They have missed the opportunity to help millions of children across this country.
"Failure to pass a child nutrition reauthorization bill has a real impact on every child and the nutrition necessary for them to grow, learn, and thrive.
"We hope the next Congress will protect and strengthen important child nutrition programs and put the interests of people most in need, especially children, first."
The National CACFP Forum
CACFP Meal Patterns Training.
Full day pre-conference training on Saturday March 4, 8:30am - 5:00pm presented by the Institute of Child Nutrition and USDA.
CEU Hours: 6
The CACFP Meal Patterns Training is designed based on the updated Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal patterns, published on April 25, 2016. The purpose of this training is to provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and resources for implementing the updated meal patterns in their setting. In addition, this training aims to increase participants' effectiveness and productivity, while implementing the updated meal patterns. This innovative, interactive full-day course will be provided by expert trainers from the Institute of Child Nutrition and USDA. Continuing education units, annual training hours and a certificate of attendance will be available. Class size is limited.
The preconference is offered at no additional cost. Lunch on your own.
March 5 – 7, 2017
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Registration is OPEN
Via Food Research and Action Center
Advocates Prepare to Step-up Efforts to Protect and Strengthen Programs
Senate leaders stated earlier this week, as Congress heads for adjournment, that the child nutrition reauthorization bill officially will not be happening this year.
While the Senate and House Committee versions of the bill have been public for the majority of 2016, finding agreement between the two very different bills proved to be too difficult to accomplish. Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) of the Senate Agriculture Committee stated that "[i]t is unfortunate that certain parochial interests and the desire for issues rather than solutions were put ahead of the well-being of vulnerable and at-risk populations and the need for reform.”
FRAC applauds the resolve of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) to protect the programs from harmful proposals advanced by the House Education and the Workforce Committee - including a proposal to weaken the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). A three state block grant pilot of the school meals programs was also included in the House version of the legislation.
We encourage everyone to stay active in their advocacy to protect and strengthen all of the federal nutrition programs – particularly should they become part of a broader attack on entitlement programs by the new Congress and Administration. Threats to the structure, financing and reach of the programs are all potentially in the mix.
We will be in touch with you soon to discuss strategy and next steps, and as always, we appreciate your partnership in this work.
The National CACFP Forum would like also applaud and thank everyone involved in protecting and strengthening Child Nutrition Programs. We will continue to work to with our partners in advocacy to protect not only the Child and Adult Care Food Program but all nutrition programs.
See you all March 4-7, 2016 in Washington D.C. at the CACFP Leadership Conference and Anti Hunger Policy Conference where it matters to seen and heard. More about the conference.